MetroPCS launches new $50 unlimited 4G LTE plan

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MetroPCS this morning announced that it’s launching the “undisputed best Unlimited LTE data plan” in the prepaid industry. For a limited time, customers can sign up and get unlimited LTE data for $50 per month. And if you sign up by April 5th, there’s no “pre-planned end date”, so you keep it.

As well as kicking off these new unlimited plans, MetroPCS is offering a discount on a couple of budget smartphones. Customers signing up before April 5th will be able to snag a Samsung Galaxy Light for $49 or an LG Optimus F60 for $59. O

As an added bonus, every MetroPCS customer with a 4G LTE data bucket will get an extra 1GB of 4G LTE from today. Automatically.

“MetroPCS has a solid track record of giving customers the best value in prepaid wireless and schooling the competition at the same time,” said Legere. “MetroPCS is at it again today with 4G LTE Unlimited for just $50 bucks, the best value anywhere!”

As always, the MetroPCS rate plans include taxes and fees. So the price of your plan is as advertised.

  • $40/month for unlimited data, talk and text + 2GB of high-speed data at up to 4G LTE speeds (up from 1GB)
  • $50/month for unlimited data, talk and text + 4GB of high-speed data at up to 4G LTE speeds (up from 3GB)
  • $60/month for unlimited 4G LTE data, talk and text (sign up for $50/month until April 5 with a MetroPCS LTE smartphone)

As for the fine print, only customers with GSM phones with LTE connectivity can sign up for the new $50 plan. And, while T-Mobile says there is no “pre-planned end date” that doesn’t mean it’s not going to end at some point.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Mike

    I had read rumors about this plan at online bulletin boards a few weeks ago. I noticed yesterday that T-Mobile/MetroPCS had quietly increased the data on my $45 family plan from 3 to 4 GBs. Not bad when I was paying $50 for 2.5 GBs on Metro’s slower, unreliable CDMA LTE network a couple years ago and that was a pretty good deal at the time.

    My wife on the basic $35 family plan has gone from 500 MBs to 2 GBs with no increase in price during the same time. And since she has wi-fi everywhere, she rarely even approaches a gig of use most months. It’s all she needs.

    And it should be noted this is full-speed, low-latency, unthrottled data, unlike Tmo’s new prepaid plan.

    • orlando duran

      You mean high latency

  • Puv

    What is MetroPCS’s take on tethering/hotspot?

    • monkeybutts

      you can add some for $5 but pretty much same as T-mobiles abuse of unlimited tethering policy

  • iCoop

    So with T-Mobile lowering prices on prepaid via their own brand and Metro while at the same time improving what is offered, should we postpaid T-Mobile customers expect any price reductions in the near future?

    • taron19119

      No

    • As a customer, the one served by the provider and not the other way around, you should demand it by switching to the best deal you find. That’s the beauty of the uncarrier: no contracts means freedom of choice to the consumer in the market. May the best deal win.

    • monkeybutts

      There was an unlimited price reduction for the new unlimited family plan and the 4 for 100 2.5 GB offer is still up.

      • iCoop

        Very true, they do offer the $100 truly unlimited for two lines but it benefits families instead of individuals. For individuals the price is still $80 for the same offering.

      • PHL

        I have the 4 x 2.5GB promo. I am fairly confident that T-Mobile will significantly increase the base 1GB/line allotment before the promo expires 11 months from now.

      • mike ross

        Ya and after 2.5 your reduced to 15-20 kb/s my commodore 64 went faster

  • It does brings MetroPCS pricing more in level with its competition. Its prices were the most expensive for the same service as others, whose prices hovered around $40-45 for 2-3GB, compared to $50 for 3GB. Now, $40/50 for 2/3GB brings the prices to approximate parity with the competition. This is how a free market is supposed to work.

    Unfortunately, it works best only among prepaid carriers. Probably because, somehow, some postpaid customers think that paying more is some sort of privilege, as if becoming of their class or whatever.

    • Paul Garrison

      Who do you work for?

      • steveb944

        Probably Cricket.

    • Mike

      You mean $40/$50 for 2/4 GB under the new terms.

  • “As for the fine print, only customers with GSM phones with LTE connectivity can sign up for the new $50 plan.”

    Correction:

    “As for the fine print, only customers with MetroPCS GSM phones with LTE connectivity can sign up for the new $50 plan. Bring your own device phones and CDMA phones are not eligible for this plan.

    • monkeybutts

      Are they going to be monitoring IMEIs on the accounts? What’s to stop someone from buying a Galaxy Light for $49 and popping the SIM in another phone?

      • hyuk

        The Sim card on metro is imei locked

        • Bishop

          All you need to do is call MetroPCS, give them the IMEI of the new phone, they will put it in the system and you can swap out the sim card. Now, the question is will they make you switch plans or not. Maybe you need to keep it for a certain amount of time, but with MetroPCS, the Sim card isn’t locked to one phone.

        • orlando duran

          The imei is locked to the phone until u call u call customer service to give them an imei of a different phone , simply inserting the sim on the other phone , it won’t work

        • Bishop

          Ok, that is true, but it’s just the way the GSM system works with MetroPCS. Once you call MetroPCS, you can install that sim card on another phone. Back in the CDMA days, it was different for Metro and you would basically need to buy a new MetroPCS phone. With T-Mobile, you can swap GSM cards, only difference with Metro is that you have to call them before you switch the GSM card, just to let them know, not to get it approved.

    • gto5830

      Wonder If a person was to sign up with a BYOP and sign up for the $50 for 4g, stay a month and then switch to the unlimited before April. Might this work? I was thinking of switching back to Metro with an unlocked MOTO X 2014 (now on Tmo)

  • 412

    Goodbye Cricket

    • Please, share more about your experience as Cricket customer.

      • 9to5Slavery

        The data is like .2-.5 down and same with up. Being not top priority on at&t’s network is like on any other MVNO. Was straighttalk for 2 years in early days with at&t, puretalk, airvoice, at&t prepaid/paygo, redpocket. They all have data problems from now or later. Not stable at all.

        • orlando duran

          Cricket is owned by att, they are not an mvno……..straight talk is an mvno

        • 9to5Slavery

          I didn’t state that Cricket wasn’t owned by AT&T nor did I say they were a MVNO. But my point is AT&T MVNO’s on using data sucks.

      • David Tyler

        I have no problems with cricket. My speeds are between 7-9mbps.

        • orlando duran

          Cricket download is capped at 8mbps

      • monkeybutts

        ATT is the best provider in my area but Cricket customer service left a bad taste in my mouth. Got speeds about 8.5 down 12 up. Pings weren’t too bad according to speed test said 70-90, it was a lot more noticeable in browser. Had issues with my account they didn’t know how to fix it, after the call ended lost complete service. Contacted customer service they don’t know whats going on, they tell me to go to a store to get it fixed. The guy at the store was cool, looked at my account apparently some asshat had canceled my account. He couldn’t do anything with the stores system so he had to call customer service himself he had a look of frustration dealing with them. Had to ask my bank to reverse charges on my initial set up payment. Never going back to Cricket.

  • No Go

    I’ll keep my unlimited talk, text, and unthrottled Web for $90 per month for all 5 of my lines. Tusk God I signed up when the network was in its infancy.

  • tmo

    If I have T-Mobile phones can I used it on metropcs? I’m paying 80+ now on T-Mobile?

    • Mike

      I’d assume so if you have had them long enough to get an unlock code. I think (although I could be wrong) that even though the network is the same, you can’t just swap the SIMs.

      • Bishop

        As long as the t-mobile phone is paid off, all you need to do is get a MetroPCS sim card and activate it and it will work. That’s how I used the Galaxy S4 and now the Galaxy Note 4. You just have to pay for the device in full.

    • TK – Indy

      You can’t BYOP on the $50 unlimited plan, you can on the rest of them.

    • monkeybutts

      you can switch to the $60 metropcs plan you might need to unlock your phone and you will lose legal tethering.

      • Bishop

        t-mobile phones don’t need to be unlocked to be used on MetroPCS, they just need to be paid off. As for the tethering, you just pay $5 for to add legal hot spot.

        • BFF

          I did the same thing but were you able to have a hotspot on your phone or send images to text messaging?

        • Bishop

          Yes, but you have to call MetroPCS to activate the $5 a month Hotspot plan.

        • BFF

          I did but they not have not been able to get it to work.

        • Bishop

          Which t-mobile phone are you using on MetroPCS?

        • BFF

          It is a Verizon Note 4 phone purchased from best buy, jail broken, with metro pcs Sim card. Everything works except hotspot and I don’t get LTE I only get H. I keep getting an error message that says that phone number is not found. I’ve been on the phone with metro pcs for hours, literally hours. & I have visited four metro pcs locations. But the staff are not technical advisors. I have been on the phone with customer service who are also not technical advisors. I’m sure that it can be fixed but I have not been able to find the right KNOWLEDGEABLE tech person to fix it.

        • Bishop

          Oh, it’s a Verizon Note 4, I see. Not sure if that may be the issue right there. Try looking up XDA forums and see if they can get you a proper solution. Since it is a Verizon phone, it’s a bit different and that may be the issue. I’m not familiar with that one.

        • BFF

          Thanks Bishop

        • stluser
        • BFF

          Thanks

        • james

          How do u jail break a sprint lg flex.

        • orlando duran

          if a tmobile phone is used with metro pcs or a metro phone is used with tmobile, the phone HAS TO BE UNLOCKED. And with metro , you have to call customer service to register the imei number, u can’t just put the metro sim in another phone and expect it to work, won’t happen

        • Bishop

          Trust me. I both have the Galaxy S4 and now the Galaxy Note 4 from t-mobile. I never unlocked either phone, I just paid them in full from t-mobile. No financing or anything. As soon as I received the Note 4, I called up t-mobile to make sure they disactivate the service, then I called up MetroPCS, gave them the IEMI of the T-Mobile Note 4, and after that, I just installed the Metro sim card in and full service is up and running. My Note 4 isn’t unlocked, because you need to use T-Mobile’s service for 40 days, and in good standing, before they give you an unlock code. Even if you pay in full for the phone. So a T-Mobile phone does not have to be unlocked to work on MetroPCS.

          On the other hand, for whatever reason, a MetroPCS phone has to be unlocked for it to work in T-Mobile. There, you cannot just buy a MetroPCS phone and take it to T-Mobile and expect it to work without having it unlocked.

        • Guest

          Trust me. I both have the Galaxy S4 and now the Galaxy Note 4 from t-mobile. I never unlocked either phone, I just paid them in full from t-mobile. No financing or anything. As soon as I received the Note 4, I called up t-mobile to make sure they disactivate the service, then I called up MetroPCS, gave them the IEMI of the T-Mobile Note 4, and after that, I just installed the Metro sim card in and full service is up and running. My Note 4 isn’t unlocked, because you need to use T-Mobile’s service for 40 days, and in good standing, before they give you an unlock code. Even if you pay in full for the phone. So a T-Mobile phone does not have to be unlocked to work on MetroPCS.

          On the other hand, for whatever reason, a MetroPCS phone has to be unlocked for it to work in T-Mobile. There, you cannot just buy a MetroPCS phone and take it to T-Mobile and expect it to work without having it unlocked.

    • Zacamandapio

      Yes.
      However, you are only going to get the $60 plan not the $50.

  • TK – Indy

    This is a great deal, but on the terms it says “offer not valid in Indiana”. Leaves me out.

    • TK – Indy

      Sorry, I should clarify. The $50 unlimited plan is not available in Indiana, seems the rest are.

      • Jj

        I live in Indiana and all 4 shops that I have stopped in say they are offering the $50 promo. I haven’t signed up yet because I’m waiting for my current plan to expire next month before I do. I hope it works… Or maybe I should just get it now and eat the half month just in case they stop offering it… If it dont work, I guess I could also just hop over to Illinois to purchase it.

        • It is kinda odd they would exclude one state like that, unless there’s something I don’t know over the reason.

  • David Tyler

    Excellent deal, too bad Metro pcs/Tmobile does not work too well in my house.

    • Nick

      You can use Wifi Calling app and it works great for me.

      • Mr Paul

        Only if it’s a T-Mobile or MetroPCS GSM phone he would use. Otherwise, you CANNOT use Wi-Fi calling.

  • Scott916

    Fine print: “Bring your own device phones not eligible for promotional $50 rate plan.”
    You must have a MetroPCS phone.

    • archerian

      I’m guessing you can use a cheap one from Craigslist to activate and then use your regular phone?

      • stluser

        Best Buy offers sales on metropcs phones often in the $40-$50 range. I got an LG F6 for $40 during the last sale. I unlocked it for use with t-mobile, but now I’m considering making the move to metropcs. I still have the unactivated sim card that came with it

      • Mr Paul

        Or you could go to the best value in prepaid right now, Cricket, and not deal with T-Mobile’s games.

  • Pitahson

    This price war is crazy. Been monitoring prepaid prices and man, it’s crazy. The best plans out now are 3-5GB for $50 ish. Simple Mobile just added 10GB for $60. With Solavei I’m at 3GB for $50, granted I’ve helped 19 people switch so I don’t pay for service anymore but damn. Good stuff going on

    • Mr. Hosco

      I don’t care how many Gigs any offer, they will just Cheat you out of data!!!!

      • Pitahson

        Um what? Lol what do you mean? How do they cheat you out of data?

  • Andrius Perez

    So based on the fine print, my Samsung GS3 from MetroPCS would not qualify for this $50 unlimited promotion, would it? Being that it’s a CDMA that runs on their LTE network and all.

  • Roakie

    It’s Unfair that Customers who Bring their own device can’t be apart of the new Special $50 Unlimited 4G LTE Plan who have the $60 plan Already this is just a slap in the face and a big middle finger to a loyal customer base is shouldn’t matter where the device comes from as long meets the 4G LTE requirements for Service…..

    • Aurizen

      So this isn’t for current members who want to switch?

      • jessicahughes

        I went to metro and they switched my plan from 60 to 50 just go to a Meto store

    • Mr Paul

      Right, but T-Mobile doesn’t know what value is and how to reel in customers AND give them what they pay for.

      AT&T has surprised many by defining value since they’ve operated Cricket.

    • Mr.Hosco

      They all are in the same band wagon!!!
      Just got to hate them!

  • Mr Paul

    Not for BYOD – Of course.
    Do I need more than 10-20GB? No.
    Are MetroPCS other offerings the same value as Cricket? No.
    So if I had Minnesota nice T-Mobile coverage, would I even save money? No.

    Another bs T-Mobile claim about value, meanwhile two other carriers have better value in either post or prepaid. Fail.

    Oh, and if you thought you could bring your phone and use Wi-Fi calling on a non-T-Mobile device be it T-Mobile or MetroPCS:

    https://support.t-mobile.com/message/361613

    No, you can’t.

  • Picked up an LTE LG F60 through BestBuy (price matched Metro’s $59.99 price on their site). Unlocked it and using on T-Mobile. Great little phone and reminds me of a mini Nexus 5.

    I’m really tempted to active the Metro sim that came with the phone to take advantage of the $50 a month unlimited everything. The thing is I want to use my new Sony Z2 as well and fear they might catch on and make me change to the $60 plan as a result. All these people talking about the IMEI being locked to your plan kinda stinks…. Current’y I’m paying $55 on T-Mobile for unlimited everything (two loyalty discounts applied)- w/taxes it comes out to $63 and change.

  • jay

    So what if you had the 60 dollar plan already, I just switched it to 50 dollars. They should refund me money since this “deal begun” I found out myself,they didn’t even let me know and I kept paying 60 dollars!!!!
    Hmmmmm…..anybody thought of this too?

    • jason

      ur right.

  • paul

    can i talk and use my hotspot at same time on the lite phone

  • Would this SIM work in a tablet?

    • Karly Johnston

      No, it only works in Metro phones.

  • Paola Ayala

    Is this going to be back in 2016?